Mar 24, 2020



It is the commitment of Somos21 to support collaboration between the regions at personal, professional and social impact levels. Therefore, in this article, the Somos21 Sydney Team will be updating relief initiatives and solutions to support Latin Americans in Sydney regardless of VISA STATUS given the current world health crisis. There will be more to come so keep an eye!

We want to emphasize the importance of community engagement through these challenging times, please feel free to share with your network.

If your organization has developed a COVID-19 response that you would like us to include in these series, please send through the details to We are committed to assisting our community in whatever way possible. #InThisTogether

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Government and Economic response

  • The Australian Government has released a temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders (work more than 20 hours per week) in All aged care Approved Providers. All Coles, Woolworths and Aldi retailers. See the lists of authorised organisations to contact and apply for jobs. 

  • ISEAA ( International Student Education Agents Association) is lobbying to the state and federal government on behalf of education agents and international students. ISEAA is waiving the joining fee to education agencies upon request to put the maximum influence.  More Info. Please contact your education agency and ask to join.

  • If you are an international student with the concern of paying your rent. Consider signing this petition to the Australian Government to cancel the rent payments.


  • Migration Colombia launched an application for citizens with difficulties abroad due to COVID-19. Through the application 'Cuéntanos cómo estás'. More Information here 

  • The Group United for Colombia inc. Is preparing a meeting with the Colombian Council in Sydney to discuss welfare strategies for international students. Please sign their campaign here and fill this survey 


  • La embajada de Mexico en Australia mantiene una base de datos de aquellos mexicanos que no han podido regresar a Mexico por la crisis del Covid19, y les invita a escribir al siguiente correo y explicar los problemas que enfrentan:  

 Migration and education Advice

  • Blue Studies is offering FREE advice to international students with visa concerns. Please contact Sindy Moreno at or +61 406 616 246


  • My Extra Mile is hosting a FREE online event with a migration lawyer to respond to VISA related questions. Please register here


  • Redfern Legal Center is advocating for migrants work rights during COVID-19. They offer free legal advice contact here


  • If you are an international student please complete this survey conducted by Study NSW, a government organisation interested to support international students in Sydney. You can be part of #InThisTogether campaign.


Emotional and Mental Health Support 

  • Nina Segura life Coach is providing 15-20 min free coaching in English and Spanish. Please send Direct Message to @discipline_coaching_ninasegura on Instagram.

  • Viviana Coach. Access to a FREE webinar for Spanish speaker women in Australia. Follow on Instagram @cocinamor

  • Awakening the Senses - Despierta Los Sentidos is hosting a Latin American radio series in Sydney for Spanish Speakers. Listen to it for FREE here. If you need counselling "One on one support" to deal with stress, anxiety and fear contact: or call at 0425854908.

  • Life & Soul is hosting a FREE Emotional Support Program during COVID 19 in English and Portuguese. Please book your session here

  • If you would like to access online meditation classes, The Virtual Centred Meditation Australia has a FREE program for 4 weeks. If you need more weeks. Please send an email to

  • If you need mental well-being support, international students in Australia can access support through Lifeline Australia (13 11 14), Youth Beyond Blue (1300 224 636), headspace (1800 650 890) and Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), for those under 25 years of age.

Basic needs

  • Seeing a doctor and getting tested for COVID-19 for FREE If you do not have adequate insurance cover, the NSW state will waive healthcare costs associated with COVID-19. Please call 1300 066 055. More information here
  • espressoscuro in Sydney is contributing with FREE lunch to NEW Latin Americans in Sydney. Please contact Andres Jaramillo 0420479038 to coordinate

  • Exotika Latin restaurant in Newtown is offering free food to those in need. The service will be available on Fridays between 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To pick up with prior notice. Request via SMS 0452092441

  • My Extra Mile has developed a strategy to get the best price grocery shopping for international students. More info. Here

  • If you are experiencing accommodation difficulties, please check this or contact Find a Bed

  • If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence and require assistance please call 131 444. For emergency and life risk situations call 000.

Donations to emergency response in Latin America

  • COLOMBIA: Grocery shopping for families at risk. 

To support families in Cartagena please visit 

To support families in Bogota. International donations with any fee visit here 


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